Washington was not able to overcome another lost at quarterback while Philadelphia relied on their passing game to improve their playoff positioning. Philadelphia topped Washington, 28-13, on Monday Night Football in a pivotal division matchup. DraftNasty’s Troy Jefferson gives his impressions in this in game report:
Redskins quarterback position
Washington thought Colt McCoy, who has been with the Redskins since 2014, could stabilize the offense after Alex Smith went down two weeks ago. However, McCoy fractured his fibula against the Eagles, which leaves the Redskins with Mark Sanchez at quarterback. Sanchez’s command of the offense was limited because of his inexperience with head coach Jay Gruden’s attack. Sanchez completed 13-of-21 passes for 100 yards and an interception. But as was evident on a wide receiver toss gone wrong, where Sanchez frantically pitched it to wide receiver Jamison Crowder, the Washington Redskins new starting quarterback has a long way to go before he is ready to run the offense.
“We tried to get him comfortable,” Gruden said during the postgame press conference.
It will be a short week for the Redskins, who will play against the Giants on Sunday. Look for them to bring in a backup quarterback who has been with Gruden before, like Josh Johnson.
Philadelphia tight end Zach Ertz should be mentioned with some of the best tight ends in the game. The former Stanford product has 93 receptions for 978 yards and six touchdowns on the season. The 93 catches are an Eagles franchise record.
“To set the record at home is obviously very special,” Ertz said after the game against the Redskins. “At the same time, the most important thing for me tonight was getting the win.”
Against Washington, Ertz caught nine passes on 10 targets for 83 yards. As he has done all season, Ertz proved to be too fast for the Redskins inside linebackers, who tried to matchup with him and against smaller cornerbacks and safeties, he was able to use his 6’5 250 frame to box out and out leverage defensive backs.
The Eagles best weapon on offense might play center. Jason Kelce (6’3, 295) is one of the smaller centers in the NFL but he is able to move like a tight end. The Eagles center is a terror on screens because he is able to get downfield in a hurry and pave the way for screens like he did twice against the Redskins. On a second quarter touchdown, Carson Wentz threw a screen to Darren Sproles, Kelce’s 15 yard block downfield against Redskins linebacker Mason Foster led to the score.